Press release

School of Education Donor Named UC Alumni Regent
July 2014

Rod Davis (BA ‘71) has been named alumni regent on the University of California Board of Regents. Mr. Davis and his wife Sue Davis (Credential ‘73) have established the Sue Davis Award, an endowed scholarship fund to support students studying to be elementary school teachers in the UC Davis School of Education. The first award will be made in fall 2015.

Current Research

A Virtual Joy-Stick Study of Emotional Responses and Social Motivation in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Posted June 30, 2014

An article about using virtual reality to examine social motivation and emotional perception in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders appears in Psychology Progress. The article, co-authored by Peter Mundy, a professor in the UC Davis School of Education and School of Medicine, looked at 19 children with higher functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (HFASD) and 23 age, gender, and IQ matched children with typical development (TD), who used a joy stick to position themselves closer or further from virtual avatars while attempting to identify six emotions expressed by the avatars, happiness, fear, anger, disgust, sadness, and surprise that were expressed at different levels of intensity. Read more here.


West Sacramento Early College Prep High School Students Helping to Build Small Business Websites

On June 4, six students from West Sac Early College Prep were recognized for their work in helping to build small business websites as part of a pilot project, Future Ready, launched by Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and the City of West Sacramento to make West Sacramento businesses more visible online and improve their online presence in order to reach more customers.

News release

Responsive Teacher Inquiry and Innovation in Teaching ELA with Diverse Learners
Posted June 2014

School of Education Professor Steve Athanases and researchers Lisa Bennett and Juliet Wahleithner provide an in-depth look at one pre-service teacher program and its use of teacher research as a way of inducting new teachers into the profession on the National Writing Project Radio on Thursday, June 12. Listen to the conversation here.

News release

Prominent Sacramento Family Wins Top UC Davis Volunteer Award
By Sarah Colwell, June 6, 2014

Robert “Bob” Murphy and his wife, Kinzie, have been selected as the 2014 recipients of the Charles J. Soderquist Award at UC Davis. The Murphys created a scholarship to support the School of Education’s Guardian Teacher Scholarship, among many other ways they have supported UC Davis over the past four decades. They cited the 2013 Soderquist Award winners, School of Education Alumni Sandi Redenbach and her husband Ken Gelatt, who donated their $5,000 award to the Guardian Teacher Scholarship fund. Read more about the Murphys’ honor here.



Shakespeare at the Core: Register Now
Shakespeare Works when Shakespeare Plays 2014: A dynamic three-day conference for English and Drama teachers


August 29 – 31, 2014

 Registration is $375. Click here to register.

Purchase Orders: We understand that many teachers may not have the chance to request funds to cover this professional development opportunity from their districts until school resumes in the fall. We encourage all teachers and administrators who would like to attend to register now, and we will follow up for payment in early August.

Contact  Cindy Smith, event manager, at (530) 752-­7740 or chcsmith@ucdavis.edu with any questions or concerns.

Learn from the Best

Teaching Artists from some of the world’s most respected Shakespeare theaters will share active and playful approaches to enliven the teaching of Shakespeare. All workshops are aligned with Common Core Standards.

Share this event with your colleagues. Download a flyer here.

Meeting Common Core Standards

The ELA/literacy standards in the Common Core State Standards highlight the growing complexity of the texts students must read to be ready for the demands of college, career, and life. Closely related to text complexity and inextricably connected to reading comprehension is a focus on academic vocabulary, asking students to determine word meanings, appreciate the nuances of words, and steadily expand their range of words and phrases.

The standards include certain critical types of content for all students, including classic myths and stories from around the world, foundational U.S. documents, seminal works of American literature, and the writings of Shakespeare.

In fact, Shakespeare is the only author included specifically in the ELA standards for the Common Core. This provides a significant opportunity for educators to rethink how we approach Shakespearean instruction. Rather than the traditional learning of Shakespeare that rushes through themes and character, the primary goal  of the Common Core is to arm students with the tools to understand, decode, and analyze complex texts.

The internationally renowned and experienced Shakespeare Works when Shakespeare Plays presenters know the best way to teach Shakespeare is to play with Shakespeare. Our practitioners’ approaches to teaching Shakespeare incorporate and strengthen all of the goals of the Common Core through fun, meaningful and practical ways to bring Shakespeare alive for students.

Continuing Education Units

We are pleased to announce that you can earn up to 1.5 continuing education units when you attend the conference. The cost will be $115. You can register and pay for the units on the first day of the conference or download instructions here to enroll online.

Invited Presenters and Sponsors

The weekend is presented by the UC Davis School of Education and the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis in association with Globe Education (Shakespeare’s Globe, London) and the Shakespeare Theatre Association.

  • American Shakespeare Center (Virginia)
  • Atlanta Shakespeare Festival
  • Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
  • Folger Shakespeare Library
  • San Francisco Shakespeare Festival
  • Shakespeare’s Globe (London)
  • Statford Festival
  • Utah Shakespeare Festival

Jumpstart to College!


Attention all incoming high school seniors!

Learn and apply new skills in researching the colleges of your dreams this summer. Find colleges and universities that match your aptitude and interests.

During this camp, you will learn how to:



Alumni Establish New Matching Fund for Scholarships

In California, the demand for professionals in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields will grow nearly 20 percent by 2018. Yet too few students are choosing STEM fields. Nancy (’74, Cred ’75) and Tom Patten (’74, MS ’76) believe that enthusiastic and well-prepared teachers are the key to unlocking the state’s potential for innovation and prosperity. To help train the next generation of STEM teachers, the Pattens have pledged $100,000 to establish a new matching fund for the School of Education: the Next Generation STEM Teaching Award. The fund will support scholarships for School of Education teaching credential students who have the interest, passion, and aptitude to teach STEM-related subjects in K-12 public schools.

By preparing UC Davis educators to inspire the next generation of students to pursue STEM majors and careers, the School of Education strengthens California’s and the nation’s ability to tap the true potential of its future innovators.

Make Your Gift Today

Every gift is matched dollar for dollar, doubling your impact on a future teacher. Make your gift here or contact Loretta Pehanich at lapehanich@ucdavis.edu or (530) 752-8053. Download a flyer for more information.